Name of varietal: Dolcetto
Common synonyms: Beaina, Bignola, Bignonina, Cassolo, Dolcetta, Dolsin, Douce Noir, Nibio, Orneasco, Uva d’Acqui, Uva del Monferrato, Uva di Ovada, Uva di Roccagrimalda
Parentage of the grape: Indigenous to Piedmont, Italy
History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one of the prized grapes of the Piedmont region in Italy, with evidence that it has been growing there for many centuries. It had been traditionally produced as a light (both in color and weight) table wine. More recently the trend is for bolder versions made from grapes that have been given a longer hang time to amplify their power and ageworthiness, but this also results in raising its alcohol levels. For this reason, Dolcetto can now be found in the traditional light style as well as big concentrated styles. Wines labeled “Superiore” are often a good tip that these are older Read more »

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  • It may have been and unfortunate use of terminology, v v.  I have no ... ... ... that in those rows of Dolcetto vines there might be a stray Nebbiolo or something else in there.As I said, I was pleased with this one.  Don't get me wrong this is not any life-changing, ethereal wine experience, but for less than $20 it is a pretty darned good e... Read More

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  • Mark, thanks for sharing and glad you enjoyed that Dolcetto.  You said "Dolcetto based", is there something else in there?  Looking back at my CT tasting notes I had a straight Dolcetto from a different producer and was not impressed, may be time to take another look or find a blend. Read More

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  • And for me a Dolcetto-based wine is, definitely, completely different. I'm definitely going to go back for more ot this <$20 wine.  Very interesting in that the first hit on the tip of the tongue is big berry and stone fruit flavors.  However, this quickly diminishes and I'm getting very serious tannin.  You know how over on CT reviewers love to... Read More

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  • Chionetti Dolcetto Dolcetto di Dogliani Briccolero 2015


    Very opaque beautiful dark plum color. Nose of dark fruit. On the tip of the tongue a nice burst of berry and stone fruit. That quickly diminishes and I get some very serious tannin. This, to me, makes this a grown ups wine. I might like a bit of acid to better balance the tannin, but I do like this wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • On the last night of Nebbiolo Prima, something quite unusual happened: we left ... wines of the area, including dolcetto.  Another reason is that after Roero DOCG left the Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba, Langhe consortium a few years ago to form its own administrative body, Dogliani (which became a DOCG in 2005) stepped up to take its place. And thi... Read More

    From the article Superior Summer Reds: Dolcetto

  • News travels very fast in our hyper-digital age—sometimes too fast. Or ... ... varieties like arneis, dolcetto and (in some cases) barbera. But nebbiolo is not an early-ripening grape, and this made all the difference.Following a tepid August, summer seemed to arrive in September with dry sunny days and temperatures in the ‘80s. While it was ... Read More

    From the article Nebbiolo Grape News from the Source

  • One thing about the old Barolos that Chambers sells:  Go back far enough ... kinds, but only, say, the Dolcetto from G. Fenocchio, for instance.  Still, I wanted to see what had been released that might be worth looking around for, and there was a good group of Produttori releases reviewed, so I thought I might be able to look around for barga... Read More

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  • Interesting lineup--nice group of California quality-but-not-cult makers.  ... and I'm probably out of dolcetto, too.)  To each his own.  Usually when you see that, it's someone buying some French thing, like a particular Burgundy or Bordeaux. I've certainly had a few of those wines, or others by the winemakers.  Chappellet and Patz & Hall are ... Read More

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  • Sandra and I were invited to attend a special wine tasting event in Washington DC tonight - called, "GEMS on the Road".  These were wine selections from twelve California wineries, with an emphasis on Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals.  It wasn't cheap mind you as you could select as much as you wished to consume.  There were horderves... Read More

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  • Cantina Clavesana Dogliani Il Clou 2015


    inky on nose; dweet berries with a bit of peppery spice Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • the name Dolcetto wants to indicate that it is a grape and a wine without acidity. Dolcetto wine is not sweet, if you do drink a Dolcetto wine sweet or little sweet, is not it Dolcetto

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  • Hi, My name is Antoinette Celle. I am one of the California growers of Dolcetto. My father, Anthony, brought some Dolcetto vines from the Dogliani region of Piemonte, where my mother, Agnese, was born. In 1997, with the help of a friend, I had the cuttings bench-grafted onto American rootstock, and planted onto three acres. Award-winning win...

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